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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 06-25-2012, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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"Visible" Helmets

So - what would everyone say makes a helmet 'visible'?

Bright colors like yellow and orange? Or the helmets with all kinds of stuff on them (designs)?

I'm still learning but it seems to me the solid blacks, whites, silvers, greys would all blend into the background.



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I think brighter colors like white or hi-vis yellow. Designs just end up being a blur. And I say that having a skulls and bones design on my helmet. heh Sitting still, a design may get seen and even get you noticed if it's outlandish enough. But riding in traffic, if they can't see the entire bike and rider, the helmet probably makes little additional impact on you being seen.

But, the brighter your helmet is it can't hurt right?
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Yep, high Vis yellow, and bright white are the easiest to see in traffic. Graphics act like camouflage and shrink the outlines of the helmet.

Time of day matters too. A bright white helmet is easier to pick out in the mid day sun, where hi Vis yellow almost glows when suns near the horizon.

At night reflective striping is more important than color, but white will still be more noticeable than black.

I know folks make fun of those kids with the tall "Mohawk" hair things glued to the top of their helmets.... But it does get attention.

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I had the same thought about the mohawk things. I didn't think about the white being visible - I figured it would blend in the background during the daylight.



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Yep, high Vis yellow, and bright white are the easiest to see in traffic. Graphics act like camouflage and shrink the outlines of the helmet.

Time of day matters too. A bright white helmet is easier to pick out in the mid day sun, where hi Vis yellow almost glows when suns near the horizon.

At night reflective striping is more important than color, but white will still be more noticeable than black.

I know folks make fun of those kids with the tall "Mohawk" hair things glued to the top of their helmets.... But it does get attention.
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My local (35 miles) Kawi dealer has a buncha hi-vis full shells...dang ugly IMO...now, my neighbor, went a step further, and attached tiny LED strings to his, powered by 2 AAA lithiums....when he rides past my house at 4am, looks like the circus is in town...but he's WAY visible at night...I'll stick with my black/flat blacks...I wont be round much longer anyway...may as well look "cool" on the way to the morgue, lol...



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i think that light reflective strips need to be installed on helmets if you are looking to do something like this. And with the lot of consideration on things, you just have to pick ones that would look good.

It is not all about being able to design it, mind you. More importantly, it would be about getting the protection that you need to be able to have a safer encounter in the road.
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you need to be able to have a safer encounter in the road.
Could always just pack a pocket full of 3/4" ball bearings, or carry a .38 Speshul....

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A young buck around town riding some sport bike has a bright blur fur cover with big googly eyes, a la Cookie Monster and wears a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack.

Corny as it sounds, he is highly visible, perhaps because of the oddnesses.

Not suggesting everyone do this, but if you like.

wow, googled it and cam up with tons of pics...

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